A RESPONSE TO “A tale of two Christianities on its knees”

Well my dear friends, you’ll find me different today.  My comments to   | May 3, 2017

“Mike Frost, obviously you did your research about the charitable giving of Kaepernick, you did nothing about the charitable giving of Teebow. This I call a lie by silence. Why did you not include that in your article. I haven’t researched to call one over the other but you certainly should have. Also you present the “taking the knee” as equal, I consider it vastly different that one did it during the playing of the national anthem; the other did it on the sideline before the game. I don’t think it was ever done during the playing of the national anthem. Two very deliberate and important omissions you have made. If they were not deliberate, you do not deserve your reputation to casually leave out such important details.”

This article compares Kaepernick’s Christianity with that of Teebow’s.  The writer’s conclusion is that the two Christians are both worthy, kind, clean-cut, etc. but they are vastly different in that Kaepernick does all these great things for social justice and Teebow’s is all talk and no walk –  (my words but his implication).  He presents the “kneeling” as being the same.  But he neglects to say that Teebow did not do it in protest to his country and he did not do it during the national anthem.  He lists many things that Kaepernick does in  charitable giving but says nothing about Teebow’s giving which I think is a lie by implication.  I was/am upset!

TEEBOW’S CHRISTIANITY IS NOT A CHRISTIANITY WHICH IS ALL TALK AND NO WALK!  AND TEEBOW IS AS MUCH A CHRISTIAN WITNESS WITH WORDS AS KAEPERNICK IS WITH TATTOOS.  ACTUALLY I HAD NOT RECOGNIZED KAEPERNICK’S TATTOOS WERE ALL CHRISTIAN SYMBOLS.  I WONDER IF HIS FOLLOWERS CAN READ HIS TATTOOS.  I’M SKEPTICAL THAT HIS TATTOOS ARE LIKELY TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL OR FEED THE HUNGRY.

I’m slightly ticked off at a blogger who presented all the article as the last word.  She also failed to research any further than her nose.

You can send me to my “private” corner if you wish.  I’ll talk to the Lord about whether he would be pleased if I would get a lot of Christian symbols tattooed on my body.  😀

 

 

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YOU’VE GOT TALENT.!?

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YOU’VE GOT TALENT.!?

I’ve used all those punctuation marks on purpose. I could be telling you, amazed at you, or asking you.

Maybe you don’t recognize it, but you have something within you that you like to do, that you’re good at, and that can be used in God’s kingdom! Remember the parable of the talents? Notice that nobody was left out! One talent was the minimum given to anyone!

One problem with our thinking about talent, is that we have attached the word “talent” to the arts, such as painting, singing, or dancing.  After 2017 America’s Got Talent Darci Lynn Farmer, we would probably add ventriloquism!  Wasn’t she amazing.  Bragging on my hometown girl.  If you haven’t seen her, she is certainly worth a peek.

Read Exodus chapters 35 and 36. See how many times there is a statement about “skilled” people being needed.

Skills mentioned in Exodus are: Perfumer (maybe pharmacist, maker of incense), Embroiderer, Needleworker, Dyer, Spinner, Weaver, Engraver, Jeweler, Stonecutter, Tailor, Metalworker.  (The picture above is not likely to represent metalworkers of that day!)

Hope that list is enough to convince you that God has a place for your skills!

But hold on a bit.  Two other things are needed (also listed repeatedly in Ex. 35 and 36) – that is you must be willing and have a God-inspired heart.   I call that a creativity given by God—King James Bible  calls it “witty inventions” Proverbs 8:12.  I love that.  Don’t you love writing something that you feel is God-inspired, witty, and unique?

 

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THE GOOD SHEPHERD

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JEHOVAH-ROHI:

Pictures presenting the 23rd Psalm generally show a beautiful valley with green grass, cool running water, and healthy sheep but reality is that every shepherd has to deal with sick sheep, weak sheep, wayward sheep. All sheep need care from time to time. Even even-tempered, obedient sheep must on occasion face hardship.

The shepherd rejoices when the flock is well-fed, obedient, contented and lying down in green pastures, but they have to be kept on the move. Food and water supplies run out. Floods come and the shepherd has to seek higher ground. Sometimes valleys, rugged terrain, mud and mire must be crossed. There are cold and wet seasons; there are hot and dry seasons. New lambs must be birthed; old sheep must die. Mountains must be climbed; cliffs must be scaled. Muscles are build by effort not by a life of ease.

The Psalm 23 picture is where the Shepherd wants you to be but you must follow the Shepherd to get there and the path will not always be easy.  He will take you through the hardships.

The old hymn, “He Leadest Me” written by Joseph Gilmore over 150 years ago, says  “His faithful follower I would be, For by His hand He leadeth me.”

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SONG OF THE HEART

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A musical gift –

This picture with I love you.

A song of the heart.

https://colleenchesebro.com/2017/09/19/colleens-weekly-poetry-challenge-no-51-haiku-tanka-haibun-gift-song/

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HE HAS ENLARGED MY PATH

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A little make-believe story to illustrate a scripture “Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip” (2 Sam. 22:37).

Once upon a time in the land of Baca, there was a poor family who lived in the country far, far from towns that had sidewalks and blacktops. When it rained on their farm, their yard would get lots of mud holes right up close to the door. The family needed to go to town one day, but the daughter, Emmy, couldn’t get to the car because of the mud hole she would have to cross. So daddy looked around for a way to help Emmy get to the car. He found a board four inches wide. He put it across the mud hole for Emmy to walk on. Emmy was scared; she was afraid she would stumble and fall off the board. So daddy looked some more. He found another board to lay beside the first one. He said, “Look, you can walk across easily now because I have enlarged the way for your steps. You are safe with the enlarged path.” 

Our Lord knows that even adults sometimes need to be carried a while before being set on a path that seems too narrow. Or, perhaps He will enlarge the path so you can walk it. He knows what is best for you.

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WATER BAPTISM

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WATER BAPTISM,

IT’S MORE THAN HOW WET YOU GET.

IT IS YOUR WITNESS.

(Some thoughts by yours truly.)

I was a teen when I was baptized in water – immersed, to be as much as possible like Jesus.  In that locale we did not have regular baptism times, because we had to wait for the rain to come and fill the creek with enough water to be dipped under.  (Or some used the cow tank.) Baptism facilities in the church were unavailable.  They were hardly compatible with outdoor toilets.  😀

So saying, I stake my claim to believing in immersion as the most blessed of choices for water baptism.  Salvation is a different experience than water baptism, but they might happen at the same time. I believe baptism is a rite which Jesus modeled and in which Christians should partake.  It is an effective action to make pubic witness of one’s stand with Jesus.

However, I do believe there are times when sprinkling with water will have the same spiritual effect.  It depends on the reason.   I know one man who waited on baptism because he wanted his children to be baptized with him.  Sounds sweet, but I’m not sure about that.  I also know a man who was baptized as a child, then was re-baptized when his child was baptized.  I love that, and certainly do not believe it was wrong (neither do I believe it was necessary). I do agree that the children can learn a lot by being a witness if they are of age to understand.

Sprinkling can be an effective stand for Jesus.

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M’s prompt today is “Sprinkled with love.”  Water baptism is where my mind went for this subject..  It is definitely a time when one is sprinkled with/by love.

Prompt “sprinkled with love”  by Michelle Cook  September Writing Prompts

 

 

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MY SINS ARE GONE

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Note the following scriptures which describe what happens to forgiven sins.

“Micah 7:19 says God will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.

Psalm 103 says He removes them as far from us as East is from West.

According to Isaiah 38:17, God puts them behind His back.

Colossians 2:14 says he canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness

Isaiah 1:18  “though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool”.

Aren’t those beautiful?  

I am also thinking of this song: “They’re underneath the blood on the cross of Calvary, as far removed as darkness is from dawn. In the sea of God’s forgetfulness, that’s good enough for me. Praise God, my sins are gone!” — I found it on You Tube with lyrics. “My Sins Are Gone.”

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AMONG BLOGGING FRIENDS

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Dear Blogging Friends.  There are some matters I would like to make note of.

First, I want to give thanks to C. C. Brown  for passing the Lovely Blog Award to me.  It is still an honor to receive awards although I do not do them as diligently as I did at one time.  They are a great way to get acquainted with folks.  However, I bog down with passing them on.   So although I’m not making nominations I do want to say thank you to C.C. Brown.  Visit her.  I’m sure you will love to interact with her; time with her is well spent.

 

Next, some book promotions.

 Jacque Oby-Ikocha’s poetry book, “Unbridled.”  Jacque is a wonderful blogging hostess who does many interactive things to make bloggers welcome to her place.  In thanks for her help to me, I wanted to recommend you go take a look at her book.  If she is new to any of you, you will benefit by making her acquaintance. https://acookingpotandtwistedtales.com/2017/08/05/whoop-dee-doo-for-the-first-time-ever/

 Judy (Hall Simon) has a book “Before the Door Closes” which relates her over coming experience with an alcoholic father.  As you read, you will see why she calls herself, judyjourneys.  https://anotherperfectdaughter.wordpress.com/

Faye Roots who keeps a daily inspirational blog has written a fiction book, “Beyond the Ashes.”  It is a story of a family tragedy, separation, and redemption.  https://fayeroots.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/posting-to-beyond-the-ashes/

Robert Lambert Jones is a “myth master.”  His legend in rhyme is a reading pleasure.  I’ve read The Kraken.  He has another newly published, “The Fear of a Farmer,”  I am intrigued by it.  And I promise it to myself soon.  https://robertlambertjones3.wordpress.com/category/books/

A few months ago when I wrote a series of posts on Abortion, I was sent a book free.  I want to mention it.  It’s author, Paul Seaton, makes the book available as needed.  It is heart touching but true to the practice of abortion.  https://www.amazon.com/Broken-Tragedy-Deceit-Paul-Seaton/dp/0985922400

Bloom, A Journal by BeautyBeyondBones is a new release.  A victorious story by an anorexic who recovered and gives thanks to Jesus for his help and blessings to her.  I haven’t read it, but her posts are a delight, so I wanted to send you another good suggestion.  Perhaps some of you have daughters or granddaughters who would benefit from this story   https://beautybeyondbones.com/2017/08/31/my-book-launch/

And Another New Thing – A Radio Show.  The lovely e speaks.  https://authenticiteespeaks.com/2017/09/05/listen-here-inspiration-with-e-radio-show-season-1-episode-3-grindhardradio-inspirationwithe/comment-page-1/#comment-3214

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BABY KISSES

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Though memories fade

I still miss the tender touch

Of baby kisses.

Ronovan

 

 

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WHAT MAKES LIFE WORTH LIVING?

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If I had money and time to do everything I wanted to get the most out of life, what do I perceive as being most rewarding. Perhaps I would pursue one or more of the following:

  1.  Gain wisdom, common sense, judgement, knowledge, educational degrees.

  2.  Good works, great projects, build bridges, libraries, gardens, statues, memorials

  3.  Amass silver, gold, treasures of art

  4.  Great achievement in art, pictures, crafts, dance, singers

  5.  Enjoy a great work ethic, put my shoulder to the wheel, labor and toil

  6.  Eat, drink, and be merry, harem, slaves, pleasure, laughter, and wine

Solomon, in the book of Ecclesiastes, tells of having tried the above styles of life and found them all to be a whistling of the wind, foolish, folly, meaningless, useless, and vain. “Vanity, vanity, all is vanity,” says he.

So what is his answer?  Remember now the Creator in the days of your youth before bad times fall, old age comes on, and you return to the ground from which you came.  Everything else is meaningless!

“Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”

Prompt “perceptions of life”  by Michelle Cook  September Writing Prompts

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